Sunday, 4 August 2013

SUNDAY NIGHT NEWS - To Hull and Back

Hello there! I can't believe we're in August already! This year has flown by, hasn't it? Let's hope the weather stays sunny over the next few weeks, so we can all get a bit of vitamin D before autumn comes around!

It'll be Christmas before you know it! 

This week, I've been reading the submissions for our ongoing poetry, prose and art competition. It's been fantastic to be inundated by such wonderful creative work, and sending us your entry couldn't be easier! All you have to do is create a poem, piece of prose, or visual artwork inspired by a museum in the East of England.

We've already received some great entries, but there's still plenty of time to submit! The deadline is Saturday 31st August and the winners' work will be published in a limited edition, hand printed booklet, which will be available from the Wisbech and Fenland Museum.

If you're interested, you can find further details about the competition here.

I was also really happy to receive an email this week from professional punk poet Jim Higo, inviting me to do a featured slot at his Away with Words poetry night up in Hull in September. Jim is a brilliant poet and performer, and his regular open mic night has received publication and praise from the likes of Apples and Snakes, so it's a real privilege to be invited to join in the fun up north! I'll definitely be shouting about this gig when September rolls around, so watch this space!

Also this week, my Fenland poetry partner in crime, Elaine Ewart, and I got a chance to chat to Jane Wilson, the director of ADeC, about our plans for poetry and spoken word projects in North and East Cambridgeshire.

We discussed the possibility of open mic events throughout the Fens, as well as a string of poetry workshops for both adults and young people, to help promote the arts and education in this often overlooked geographical area. With the support of ADeC, we may even be able to secure some funding to help get our plans off the ground!

It's really exciting, but we're still very much in the planning stages, so we'll see what the next few months have in store! 

Other than that, what else has been happening? Oh yes, on Saturday I spent some time updating my poetry portfolio on IdeasTap - adding in some videos and photographs of performances, to spruce the place up a bit. You can check out the finished portfolio here.

IdeasTap is a great arts organisation that provides an online space for creative people to meet, network and share ideas. The site allows you to create a profile and portfolio to help you build up contacts and chat with like-minded people. IdeasTap also run briefs and competitions, and offers business and creative advice for both amateur and professional people working in the creative industries. It also boasts listings for jobs in the arts and charity sectors, and information on creative projects across the UK. It's a great place to go to make new friends and new connections, and I honestly wouldn't be without it.

And they didn't even pay me to say that!  

Finally, I'm pleased to say that Jenny Furlong, the curator at the Chatteris Town Museum, liked the poem I wrote for the Fen Cottage display. In fact, she liked it much that she's going to incorporate it into the museum's permanent display!

The poem - imaginatively titled 'Fen Cottage' - is reproduced in full below. Let me know what you think and have a great week!

Fen Cottage

Like idle hands
Flickers twitches
Throws light through open door
Across the fen
The dark relief of ditches
Every flaw and facet
There and then
Illuminated briefly
And submerged again

Smoking pipes
By candlelight
Watching waiting
The rains will surely come
To wet the thatch
Every flaw and facet
Every catch
In nets cast far for fortune
Birds and rats

Winter nights
In fading light
Waiting thinking
The floods will surely fade
The land will rise
This water's not for drinking
Every flaw and facet
Yields surprise
In cottages enclosed
By restless skies

1 comment:

  1. Lots of interest here, Elaine ... and your fine poem sent a bit of a shiver down my spine!